English Department

  Mr. Andrew Jobson
English Department Chair

Degrees: MA-University of Georgia;BA-Tulane University
Began Teaching: 1990
Began at Riverside: August 1995
Teaches: British Literature, British Literature Honors, Lit & Comp (8th); SAT Prep
Coaching or Advisor: Horton Society; middle school swim coach
Awards, Honors, Published Work: STAR Teacher 2002 and 2013;
   faculty consultant for izzit.org; Faculty Reader for AP Literature
   and Composition (1998) and AP US History (2007-08); Star Teacher 2013
Hobbies and Special Interests: piano and choral music; Eagle Scout;
   elder at Chestnut Mountain Presbyterian

  Dr. Brenda Barger

Degrees: J.D. Florida State; BAE Univ of North Florida
Began Teaching: 1976
Began at Riverside: August 2014
Teaches: American Literature, American Literature H,  AP English

   Literature; Yearbook
Awards, Honors, Published Work: Teacher of the Year 1981;2010; Fl
   Court Ordered Mediation Rules
Hobbies and Special Interests: Hiking; Reading; Teaching

  Mr. William McBride


Degrees: MEd-University of Georgia;BA-Georgia Southern University
Began Teaching: 2003
Began at Riverside: August 2004
Teaches: Lit & Comp (8th), Lit & Comp (8th) Honors, British Literature
Coaching or Advisor: Honor Council
Awards, Honors, Published Work: PAGE Star Teacher recipient for the
  2009-2010, and 2010-2011 school years
Hobbies and Special Interests: Learning things, building things,
   growing food, playing with my dogs, camping with my wife, and
   shooting paper targets



Mr. Elijah Merrett

Degrees: MA-Florida State University; BA-Florida State University
Began Teaching: 2008
Began at Riverside: February 2010
Teaches: Multicultural Literature, Multicultural Literature Honors, Philosophy Honors
Coaching or Advisor: Philosophy Elective, Toastmasters
Awards, Honors, Published Work: 2016 Hall County Master Teacher
Hobbies and Special Interests: Music, gardening, blacksmithing,

Risley, John  

Mr. John Risley

Began at Riverside: 2016
Teaches: Literature and Composition, English 7, Martial Arts

  Mr. Michael Smith

Degrees: B.A. in Drama, University of Georgia; MAT in English Education,
     University of Georgia
Began Teaching: 2012
Began at Riverside: August 2012
Teaches: Drama, Drama II: Play Production, The Graphic Novel,
   Multicultural Literature
Coaching or Advisor: Drama Department
Awards, Honors, Published Work: Phi Beta Kappa

Mr. Alan Tallman

Degrees: B.A. Univerisity of New Hampshire; M.Ed Boston College
Began Teaching: 2006
Began at Riverside: August 2013
Teaches: American Literature; AP English Language
Coaching or Advisor: Head Lacrosse
Awards, Honors, Published Work: Star Teacher 2015-16; C. Murphy
   Asst. Coach of the Year (BC High, 2009)
Hobbies and Special Interests: I enjoy spending time with my family,
   watching college football, reading, and playing ping-pong


Mrs. Wendi Whitmire

Degrees: BBA North Georgia College and State University; MAT Piedmont
Began Teaching: 2013
Began at Riverside: August 2013
Teaches: Literature and Composition, Lit & Comp (9th) Honor, Public Speaking
Coaching or Advisor: Toastmasters
Hobbies and Special Interests: Teaching, reading, baking, painting,
   sewing, shopping, and spending time with friends and family

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